Sometimes cooking can be complex and require so many different ingredients that you just quietly back away from it like a rabid dog. But then sometimes you come across a dish that is so stupidly simple you smack yourself over the head and groan, “Duhhhhhhh!!!” out loud to an empty kitchen.
This is one of those recipes.
I overcooked my toast this morning so it was pretty dry. I hate wasting food, so instead I wanted to try to put something on it to salvage the situation. All I had was some nut butter or salsa but I just wasn’t in the mood. What I really needed was some jam.
(Side note: What’s the difference between jam and jelly? I’ve always used the two interchangeably and thought it was a regional dialect thing. Kind of like bubbler. Did you know that in Wisconsin a “drinking fountain” is called a “bubbler?” Now that was an interesting conversation on my first day of college. Anyways, I learned that jam is made from fruit and jelly is from juice.)
I digress. Back to my breakfast dilemma.
I looked in my freezer and saw a bag of frozen berries. Then I looked in my cabinet and saw my bulk bag of chia seeds.
….I looked at the freezer…… Looked at the bag….. Freezer… BOOM. LIGHTBULB!
I can make some jam!
In a small dish I heated about 1/4 a cup of frozen berries for 2 minutes in the microwave.
When it beeped, I tossed in a teaspoon of chia seeds, plus a squirt of lemon, mixed, and then let it sit for ~2 minutes. As the berries cooled, the chia seeds expanded and soon I was left with…..
INSTANT sugar-free vegan jam! Toast saved!
The jam was perfect. Chunks of fruit, a slight twangy bite from the lemon, all held together nicely by the chia seeds. If you prefer something more sweet, feel free to add a touch of honey (remember, I don’t consider honey a non-vegan food). But seriously. That’s it. Just three ingredients for healthy vegan jam. sugar-free, simple, savory, scrumptious, head-smackingly-simple vegan jam.